2016 Famille Sumeire Château Maupague Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire Rosé, France
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This Provence rosé comes in an elegant and relatively pale pink salmon color. It’s very clear, bright and shiny pale pink with oranges hues, and touches of purple. Typical of the Provence style, but displaying a particular finesse and elegance to it.
The nose is also very pure in its fruity/floral/vegetal expression.
It’s mainly fruity, one must admit. Fresh pear juice, a wealth of freshly-pressed grapefruit. It’s zesty and vibrant. Hints of pomegranate and blueberry. Add some elderflower tones for a floral touch, and some acacia leaf character for a refreshing vegetal mintiness. What else would you want to smell in your rosé?
It’s fresh, subtle and appetizing to smell at, all with finesse!
The palate is dry, like the Provencal style imposes, but the oily texture, backed up by the fresh pomegranate and pear juice flavors, provide a perfectly balancing sense of sweetness to the background. The crispy acidity is therefore well matched by the right amount of generosity for the whole to feel refreshing yet soft and smooth.
Very subtle tannins give a silky texture to the finish and a pinch of saltiness, just enough to make the wine feel salivating, and promising it will be perfect for pairing with most foods.
Drink now as this is not meant to be aged, although in all honesty I can see this 2016 still be excellent in summer 2018.
Pair as you wish with any food really! Mediterranean dishes with Provence rosé are always a winning combination of course. But it’d be hard to argue that barbecues, pizzas, refined pasta dishes, as well as Asian cuisine, or any sort of flavorful savory dish won’t go really well with it.